MORIAH — Sierra Daha was a loyal and outgoing person, say her friends, who referred to her fondly as “Boo.”
The 22-year-old grew up in the Moriah area and had been living at the Dugway Road home of her grandmother, Mary Daha, 81.
Sierra's body was found upstairs early Tuesday after fire gutted the two-story wooden structure.
The elder Daha was able to get out of the burning house, along with Sierra’s boyfriend, Damien Sprague.
Sierra had, for a time, lived in a mobile home behind the Daha house. She had also resided for a while in Westport and apparently has extended family there and in the Ticonderoga area.
Her mother, Becky Thompson, lives in Florida.
'SHE WAS SWEET'
Sierra's close friend Kasandra Brace struggled to find words for her loss. But she wanted people to know what a wonderful friend and kind person Sierra was.
"We’ve been best friends since we were 4 years old," Brace told the Press-Republican Tuesday afternoon.
“She was sweet. She would do anything for anybody. She was always buying things and giving them away. She just loved giving gifts to people to make them happy."
Both attended Moriah Elementary School, then Sierra went to Florida for a time.
“I was thinking when we were 7 or 8 years old, a neighbor had this brick in a pot that was painted gold; we thought it was real," Brace said. "We used to make little plans to take it and dreamed about what we would do with the money."
Sierra loved children, Brace said.
"Her dad and his girlfriend just had a baby, and she was always talking about them."
And she also loved changing hairstyles.
"She used to cut her own hair," Brace said. "She was always changing her hair color — bright pink, red.